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Brushing Your Teeth Is Simple, but That Doesn’t Mean You Do It Right

One of the major barriers to learning is not realizing that there is something to be learned about a given subject. Many of us form ideas about how things are done when we are young and then assume we know about that particular subject, and as a result, we do not look into it any further or believe there is anything more to be learned about it. Gianfrancesco Genoso asks us to take brushing our teeth as just one example.

Most of us started brushing our teeth one particular way and assume this is just how it’s done and that there is nothing more to know about it. There are, however, best practices, both in terms of technique and timing, when it comes to brushing our teeth. A recent article in Prevention gives us all some important tips about brushing correctly. For starters, many of us exercise poor timing when brushing. We may brush our teeth late at night but then have a snack right before our head hits the pillow. That food will then be in our teeth all night, so it is important that our toothbrush is the last thing that touches our teeth before going to bed. You also may not be using the right kind of toothbrush or replacing it often enough or using proper technique. We should all periodically examine the things we think we ‘know’ and make sure that there is not something there to learn.

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An Institute of Medicine Report Indicates The American Medical System Wastes $750 Billion A Year

The Report Says Thirty Cents Out Of Every Dollar Is Spent On Useless Medical Services

The American health care system has been broken for years. Citizens pay for medical services they don’t need, and the cost of care is more than most people can afford with or without insurance. A new report by the Institute of Medicine breaks down the medical squandering, so we can see how broken health care is with our own eyes.

The report was written by 18 top-notch policy experts and business leaders. They found that in 2009, $210 billion was spent on unnecessary services like duplicating tests, and $130 billion was spent on the inefficient delivery services. One example is a cat scan done in a hospital rather than an outpatient clinic. Fraud accounted for another $75 billion. And $190 billion was spent on frivolous administration costs.

The health care system is constantly plagued with misplaced or lost records, and the effectiveness of treatment in terms of time is severely hindered by unnecessary red tape. The good news is the leak in money has been identified. Brad Reifler knows that the challenge will be implementing new systems that relieve the waste. But if that challenge is left to the health care bureaucrats, hell may freeze before there is any progress.

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How Removing Ovaries Can Save a Life

On Tuesday, March 24, Angelina Jolie announced that she decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes via a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy removed after a cancer scare when a blood test initially came back as potentially showing that she had cancer. This is the second time that Jolie has gone through with surgery as a preventative measure against cancer. The 39-year-old actress had a double mastectomy two years ago.

Jolie carries the BRAC1 gene that has been linked to breast cancers. This same gene gives her a 50 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died at age 57 in 2007 from complications related to ovarian cancer. Many women who have BRAC1 can get breast cancer, ovarian cancer or both.

Bruce Karatz has learned that the surgery revealed that Jolie had a small non-cancerous tumor on one ovary. Jolie must now take hormones to replace the ones that she has now lost since the surgery caused her to go into premature menopause.

Jolie emphasized in a New York Times piece that getting surgery is not the only option and that women need to make the choice based on their experiences and what is right for them “personally.” She also emphasized a fact that many people do not realize: She can still get cancers in her abdomen or chest because surgery can’t remove all the cells in those areas that might be prone to cancer.

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North American Spine’s Suggested Exercises and Treatment for Chronic Back Pain

North American Spine recently donated around fifty yoga mats to a school in Dallas, Texas. Robert E. Lee Elementary School gratefully received the mats for their students, generally in the age range of four or five years old, to participate in Yoga Recess Day. Some of the children who participated had physical or mental issues and all enjoyed doing poses such as the downward dog and other yoga poses that are easy for children to do. Their reason behind being so supportive of children doing yoga is that chronic back pain can start at a young age and the stretches that are done in yoga help to prevent sciatica and many other conditions that cause back pain.

It is highly important to do stretches and exercises that strengthen and promote the muscles in the back and core of the body on a daily basis because it could save your back from chronic pain later on in life. It is also recommended to stand or walk around every once in a while because sitting for more than an hour or two at a time is not good for the body. Not only will this help to promote the health of the disks in the spine but it will also promote the circulation in the body. For those who need more than just stretches and exercises in order to get their back pain under control surgery is an option. For those who have lower back pain AccuraScope is a relatively easy surgery that has been made as minimally invasive as possible and is 82% successful for long term relief of chronic back pain. The outpatient procedures take about 45 minutes to go through.

Source: PR Newswire

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Loneliness Could Be Detrimental To Your Health

A team of psychologists from Brigham Young University recently completely a study that determined loneliness and seclusion are actually very harmful to one’s health. Loneliness is actually being dubbed as a silent killer due to the effects it has on not only a person’s mental state but also their physical health. The effects are comparable to obesity which is something the United States is taking very seriously.

Seventy studies were completed between 1980 and 2014. They all looked at people who were living alone and living very isolated lifestyles. There were about 3 million people in total. It was determined that the people who lived alone, did not get out much and were not socially active had a much higher premature mortality rate. People who socialized often, were physically active and mentally active lived to be much longer and had a lower risk of health conditions and issues.

Bruce Karatz knows that being lonely does not necessarily mean that someone is alone. There are plenty of people living with another person that still feels secluded and isolated. It is important to converse with a number of people and to get out of the house often. Whether this means working or volunteering, having a purpose is necessary. Staying at home with no social contact can lead to a whole host of health issues and mental concerns as well.

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Electrocardiograms May be Harmful

The latest electrocardiogram you received at your previous physical may have been a complete waste of money and time. In The Annals of Internal Medicine, the latest guidelines from the American College of Physicians confirmed that routine instances of cardiac testing without any viable symptoms hasn’t been shown to improve their patients’ outcomes and may even lead to potential harms stated Austin MD Magazine.

There also aren’t any evidences of stress tests, myocardial perfusion imaging or electrocardiograms having any benefits or advantages over the routine protocols of routine risk assessments of asymptomatic people. All tests are commonly conducted to produce false positives that have shown to lead towards further unnecessary testing while involving extra expenses. The guidelines has shown that the advantages of testing should be greater than the advantages of assessing risk factors like smoking, age, lipid levels and blood pressure.

Dr Roger Chou, the lead author and an associate professor of the medicine at Oregon Health has claimed that doing a cardiac stress test does not give the patient any types of extra information that can be considered as being useful for a person with symptoms. When a doctor recommends the patient to get a cardiac test done, they should ask why. They should ask what the information will reveal and if they can truly benefit from it.

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Diet Soda Linked to Belly Fat

Think choosing a diet soda over a regular one is better? Don’t be fooled.

In many cases, we think that a drink bearing the name “light” or “diet” means less, and less is completely healthy right? No, that’s totally false.

New research is out that tells us diet soda actually increases belly fat.

In a study by the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, a group that drank diet soda was compared against another that only took regular soda. The study lasted about 10 years, and while the waist of all participants grew, the belly of people who drank only diet soda had an even greater increase of 70%.

In fact, Ray Lane said that they noticed the numbers grew for those people who drank only one or two cans of diet soda a day. Their increase in waist circumference was 5 times greater than for people who only drank regular soda.

So what gives?

When we consume large amounts of fructose, artificial sweeteners and polyols, we cause bacteria to adapt in the body, so that interferes with the signals of satiety in our metabolism. We keep drinking even when our body has had enough.

When the bacteria adapts to thrive on sugar it becomes more efficient at processing large amounts of sugars and simultaneously increases production of fatty acids. At such high levels, it promotes tissue inflammation of the intestine, and extends, and extends.

The solution – drink water and say no to diet soda.

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Loneliness as Deadly as Smoking, Drinking and Obesity

Another silent killer is among us, and it’s called loneliness. A recent study conducted at Brigham Young Universityreveals that too much time spent alone shortens the lifespan by 30%.

The research was conducted on three million people who were alone, either by choice or by circumstances stated Brad Reifler. The researchers found that out of those three million people, those who reported feeling lonely and/or isolated died significantly younger than those who felt connected to other people.
Loneliness is as deadly as smoking, drinking and obesity. The feeling of isolation and loneliness has as great an impact on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or getting drunk on a regular basis. And we all know the damaging effects on health that obesity has, now add loneliness to the things that shorten a lifespan.
Fortunately, loneliness can be easily cured without medicine. The cure for this ailment is to get connected to people. Join a group, a club, a center, even an online community will help dispell the loneliness and add years to a person’s life
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Don’t Waste Your Calories On Soda

Now with all of the evidence about the dangers of soda pop for a person’s health, all parents do well to help their children to avoid soda completely. It has been known for quite some time that soda has huge amounts of sugar and that the carbonation is also not good for the human body, but now there was a study that was done by The Journal of American Geriatrics Society that proves that people that drink soda will essentially triple the amount of weight that they will store over their belly. Everyone at Anastasia Date knows that belly fat is the worst kind of fat that a person can have, because belly fat means that a person has a higher risk for developing heart problems and heart disease.

It is really sad when a person thinks about the way that many people in the world and Americans in particular choose to waste their calories. Not only is soda pop void of any nutritious value, but it actually is harmful. Parents need to teach their children that drinking soda pop is kind of like taking drugs or smoking a cigarette. It will only give them temporary satisfaction, but the end result is horrible. There is really no reason to drink soda pop considering all the horrible things that it does to the body. Once a month is fine, but beyond that is worthless.

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Diet Soda Causes Belly Fat

A recent study shows that drinking diet soda will increase your waistline, not decrease it. Not only will diet soda contribute to weight gain, but it causes the worst type of weight gain: belly fat. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, causes the body to release the stress hormone, called cortisol, which causes inflammation in the body and leads to a variety of conditions. Inflammation in the body is often a pre-condition which leads to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and many other health issues. The inflammation often starts with weight gain in the mid-section and diet soda contributes to that particular type of weight gain.
For the study, over 700 people were monitored over a nine year period stated Dr Walden. Those who did not drink diet soda only gained 0.8 inches on their waistline. Those who drank diet soda gained 3.2 inches on their waistline within the same time frame. The study subjects who only occasionally drank a diet soda gained 1.8 inches in their waistline.
While diet soda was the beverage being studied, the artificial sweeteners in the product is the cause of the increased belly fat of the study subjects. The same type of artificial sweeteners are sold in supermarkets and can be used in any beverage or food. Diet soda does cause belly fat, the most unhealthiest type of fat, but so does anything sweetened with an artificial substance.

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